50 Days to 50 Years: Day 19, Hope for the next Generation

13 07 2016

“We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. And we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.” — Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

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I do not have any children of my own, but I do have grand nieces and nephews; and I mourn for the world we are making for them. Just looking at our two presidential choices lets you know that we lack integrous leaders who can speak to the tragedies we have been facing, and offer an example for our children to look toward.

Like cream, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown has risen to the top. With the recent murders of four Dallas police officers, his handling of the ongoing situation, as well as his honest and forthright assessment of the role of police in society, and being a black man in uniform has been refreshing, transforming, and has set a much needed tone in the conversation of police brutality and urban violence.

A New York Times article said, “He was hurting, self-effacing and, as he put it, a little fried. At a news conference on Monday, he spoke about the crisis facing law enforcement, his experience as a black man in Texas, guns and division, and what kept him going — ‘God’s grace and his sweet, tender mercies, just to be quite honest with you.'”

Another refreshing thing: someone who speaks of God and actually means it.

I believe Chief Brown will be a voice in these days of unrest. My prayer is that more leaders like him begin to rise; our nation, and the next generation, desperately needs them.

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50 Days to 50 Years: Day 20, Prayer for the World

12 07 2016

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

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Found this in a friend’s feed, and it is so powerful. From America to Israel to France, the world has not been a stable, safe or happy place. I do not have words, but I do have prayers; and prayer is what will fuel sound action and proper change. Gandhi knew, many others need to learn; perhaps these times are part of the object lesson.





50 Days to 50 Years: Day 49, Happy Hour with Corey Woods

13 06 2016

“The beauty of friendship is loyalty.”
― Debasish Mridha M.D.

So I am a late bloomer to drinking and to Happy Hours; it just never was a part of my world until my late 30s and 40s. Now I love them, not merely for the discount liquor, but for the discount food! I admit it: drinking is an excuse to eat more, and I do far more of one than of the other!

This past year I have had the fun of trolling some local haunts with my friend Corey Woods. So for our “50 Days to 50 Years” date, we hit the Atwater Village Tavern on Glendale Boulevard, in what is the main street of Atwater Village Los Angeles. Corey gets the distinction of being the first participant of this 50-day “Odyssey” (His word—love it!).

Corey and I met in 2009 through his wife Andrea. Sadly, they are now divorced, but I am thankful that I have been able to maintain a friendship with them both. This is a rare thing, as one of the casualties of marriage dissolution is often the mutual friendships. But one of the traits I love about Corey is that he is loyal—if you are his friend, then you are a friend for life. That’s the way I roll too.

Had it not been for Andrea, Corey and I probably never would have met, because on their face, our lives are pretty different: He works long hours in sound and boom work in the entertainment industry, I spend my days in a Yoga studio or in front of a computer. Corey is an atheist; I am a devout Christian, and so on. Bur one of the hallmarks of my 50 years on earth that I am most proud is that differences have never been a determining factor in my choice of friends. I like people who are different than me because they give me a fresh perspective on life.

But friendship is also based on commonalities, and we have those too: we are both writers; we both have a biting sense of humor; we are blunt and to the point—a trait that is rare and unappreciated in Los Angeles; and, we also share similar ideological viewpoints: we are both constitutional conservatives. With this 2016 election cycle, there was no lacking of conversation and opinion.

I highly recommend Atwater Village Tavern, for the drinks and the eats. Corey had his favorite IPA, and he ordered me my current favorite libation, a Moscow Mule (killer!). The Happy appetizers included chicken and brisket tacos, pork nachos, and chicken wings; so a grand time was had knoshing, debating, and lamenting over the state of the world, the Republican party, and life in general.

Thank you, Corey for being first out the gate, being a loyal friend, and a fun barfly!

 





In My Orbit: Communities Digital News Hour

7 06 2014
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl’s writing as part of Communities Digital News is reaping dividends. My latest column, White House Prevaricator Jay Carney calls it quits, has gotten tremendous response. So tremendous that I was asked to be a guest columnist on the Communities Digital News Hour yesterday to talk about White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s resignation, the role of the White House Press Secretary, his or her relationship to the Washington correspondents, and how technology has altered that role and potentially may bring it to obsolescence.

I am about 15 minutes in, after the discussion on Bowe Bergdahl—which is also well worth your listening:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/communitiesdigitalnewshour/2014/06/06/commdiginews-hour-talking-bowe-berghdale-jay-carney-normandy-and-fathers-day

News Podcasts with Communities Digital News Hours on BlogTalkRadio.

Hope you enjoy your listen, and enjoy your weekend!




In My Orbit: Wendy Davis and the War on Women

28 01 2014
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So the Girl is ending the first month of the year getting rid of a cold. Thankfully, I am at the tail end of it, and I don’t live in the East, Middle, or Southern parts of the country. Getting well with 70-degree sunshiny days is about my speed right now.

The downtime has given me more time to catch up on reading and do some writing. The big news of 2013 so far is that my “In My Orbit” column that began at the Washington Times Communities has found a new home at Communities Digital News: telling the whole story 24 hours a day” is the site’s motto, and I’m happy to be a part of the telling! Same column, conservative politics, just a different location. So regular readers, please hop on over and make the switch! Communities Digital News.

My last two opinion columns have centered around Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who is running for governor of the same. Wendy made her national debut with an 11-hour filibuster of a late-term abortion ban bill. Immediately she gained hero status on the Left, and scorn on the right. I don’t have much respect for anyone that would stand and support killing children, but was not surprised by the sudden rocket to stardom and adulation she received.

Wendy crafted a feminist-friendly “up-by-her-bootstraps” bio that included single motherhood, a trailer park, and working her way through undergraduate and law school educations. When the Dallas Morning News wrote a pretty softball piece that revealed the shadings of proof in her bio, that’s when the bubble burst.

“If this Dallas Morning News story shows anything, it is that Wendy Davis is out for herself and her own agenda. It really is no surprise that she would take a stand on such a selfish and barbaric act as late-term abortions, then build an entire campaign around that stand and a false biography. Her actions in her personal and political life reflect a grasping opportunism that sorely needs to be expunged from politics, not encouraged.”

Read the rest in my CDN pieces:

Wendy Davis embellishes her own life while denying life to the preborn, and

Powers is wrong: Right attacks Wendy Davis because she is  fraud.

The whole “War on Women” mantra is making a comeback, especially with all the talk of Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016. There needs to be a familiar false mantra to cover any attacks on her record as Secretary of State. You say, “Benghazi”, they say, “War on Women”! And so it goes…

Da Tech Guy has been good enough to document the real “War on Women”, and the people involved don’t have Rs behind their name. Also a good read: War on Women Update Carlos Henriquez D-MA Day 569/14.

The sad commentary on this is the only ones who seem to be addressing the topic are Republican men. Which is why I was happy to find this video by Chicks on the Right (h/t Stacy on the Right):

Palate cleanser. More please–other conservative women, what say you?





In My Orbit: Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day, and Happy New Year!

26 12 2013

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Greetings, fellow turners. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas full of love and good food. I feel a day late and a dollar short over not posting an Advent or a Christmas post, but my sentiments are the same no matter what the time of year–may you be blessed, well, and fulfilling your life’s purpose!

My Washington Times Communities column is humming along swimmingly! I continue to beat the drum on Obamacare, its deficiencies, and its abject failure on delivering little of what it has promised. As a Christmas present(?) to Americans, the Obama administration hacked away at the individual mandate to help out those whose individual policies had been cancelled due to the new Obamacare regulations. Make sense? Didn’t think so, but not much does with this convoluted law. Give it a read: The Obamacare individual mandate death watch.

Over at Examiner.com, the ever-changing world of the film industry continues to stay in focus. I was recently asked by KCET to review a series called Bridge to Iran, and to interview its host Parisa Soultani. I gained insight and an education into a minority group that makes up a huge chunk of the Los Angeles population, yet remains shrouded in mystery. I hope that the review and conversation with Parisa removes a bit of that shroud. Give those a read, if you get a chance: Artist Profile: Parisa Soultani uses media to connect to a higher essence; and, TV Series review: Bridge to Iran spotlights Iranian filmmakers.

My holiday was filled with family concerns and family joys, but I count this as one of the best Christmases we have had in a long time. I pray 2014 brings you renewal and joy to your world.

 

 

 





In My Orbit: Working for the weekend

8 11 2013
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Girl’s week has been occupied with interviews of fascinating individuals.

Dr. A. David Matian used to be my primary care physician, and he was honored to be interviewed about his philosophy as a medical professional, and how the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare will affect his practice.

Omar Akram is a talented and accomplished New Age musician, who just released a new album called Daytime Dreamer. At his album release party, I got to cover the red carpet and met some accomplished musicians, authors, and fashionistas.

Shyra Sanchez, actress, singer, fitness coach, activist, and humanitarian sat down with me and her publicist at the Mandarette Cafe, and talked about her music, life vision, and why she will always stay connected to a metropolis.

Lance Lindahl and Credere Joseph met me at the Village Bakery and Cafe, and I got to see firsthand how this connected collaboration of old souls, music, and film helped create the delightful comedy, Hay Days.

Omar, Shyra, Lance and Credere will be featured at Examiner.com on my Faith & Community page. Dr. Matian will be profiled on Examiner.com, and some of his quotes may make it into an article on my Washington Times Communities “In My Orbit” column.

Speaking of of the WT Communities column, this week I discuss President Obama’s non-apology Apology.

“In an effort to get ahead of the narrative (too late), Obama did the one thing at which he is proven effective: he decided to talk. Yet this talk which supposedly included an apology did not express any accountability for lying over 29 times, the current mess those lies are producing, nor did he offer any real solutions to fix it.

If you actually listened to the President’s words, he kept emphasizing the “only 5 percent”, or “a small percentage” of the population that are receiving cancellation notices. By his consistent usage of “only” and “small”, Obama delegitimizes the anger and concern of the people whose policies have been cancelled.”

According to Henry Louis Gates, 388,000 Africans actually survived the Middle Passage and arrived in America to be used as slave labor. That’s less than half a million people. Did that make slavery any less heinous because it was such a small number?

Obamacare is fast becoming an albatross around the President’s neck. Give the rest a read over at the WT Communities site.

Hope you have a fun weekend!